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Posted by Sad fan on 08/03/2009
Alfama will be sorely missed. It was one of the best ethnic restaurants in Manhattan. Service can be iffey at times, especially when packed, but the food is fantastic. The generous portions, as well as the exotic items, made this place one of my all-time faves. I'm so sad to see it go!
Posted by Ande on 01/08/2009
Tho we had passed this place for years, I never thought much about eating here. Last night we came in out of the rain to dine here...a lovely, upscale Portuguese resto with traditional and new dishes. We started w. the PoSalada De Pato...a nice stack of sautéed duck, bacon and onions served with shiitake mushrooms in a raspberry vinaigrette. My friend had the rack of lamb ("cooked perfectly"). I had the Carne De Porco Com Ameijoas, a delicious (and large portion) traditional stew~like dish with small cubes of sautéed pork garnished with clams in a white wine and bell pepper paste sauce served with cubed potatoes. We also split a dessert of three tasty sorbets and a well~priced bottle of wine. Dinner was delicious. I'll definitely be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2008
The Bacalhau Assado (traditional salt code fish dish) was soaking in butter and disturbed my wifes stomach a bit. To be fair, my Pato Salteado was flavorful. Stay away from The Grao Vasco 2005 Pinot Noir. It gave us some headache all night. But the worst of all was the frying oil smell that cuts through the ambiance of this nicely decorated large diningroom sized restaurant. We were at the third table from the kitchen door, not the first or the second!!! Either put a door to that kitchen or double the ventialtion power in the kitchen. Be respectful to your guests and to your reputation.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/06/2008
The food was delicious and fairly authentic, though at times with a little twist - though well-uted. The service was friendly and a couple degrees up from casual. Not a bad place for a date, though it is a bit on the pricey side. I definitely plan on going again!
Posted by Great Place on 11/20/2007
My husband discovered this place right after 9/11 it had just opened and we were concerned that it wouldn't survive their first year because of all the devestation downtown. Thankfully it has continued to thrive. Being Portuguese my husband is always looking for this cuisine. Well, let me tell you, we have been back so many times and are never disappointed. It is truly portuguese food and it all tastes absolutely delicious. The waiters are nice and your hosts are always available. They truly go out of their way to make sure your meal is enjoyable. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by Great place! on 11/16/2007
We've been coming to that restaurant for 3 1/2 years and just love it! We became friend with the owners in time and I can onyl recommend Alfama if you want to escape crazy New York for a while and dive into the Old Country. I am Portuguese, so this is like home for me. The food is high-end and authentic and the wine &liquor list is the most extensive in the entire country. Try some portuguese liquors as well, not to talk about the red wines which are often neglected or unknown to many people. The top is the Fado night on Wednesdays, which brings you right into a bar in Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood.
Posted by Had a great time on 08/13/2007
Went with a large party a few mths ago - we all enjoyed our night immensly! The services was great; our very attentive waiter made drink suggestions and checked on us often. The atmosphere is really nice, too. The food is pricey, and if you're not a fish person there aren't too many options. I would recommend this place if you would like to go someplace special for a special occassion.